Friendship A Strong and Special Bond | Aruna Ladva
A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. Elbert Hubbard Instant access social media interactions can never replace the delight, depth, comfort, and sustaining security of face-to-face, heart-to-heart friendship. Yet how often do we have the opportunity for such quality interactions in today’s busy, fragmented world? What do we need to do in order to create meaningful friendships and nurture those bonds so that they endure over time? Speaker: Aruna Ladva Aruna’s first encounter with spiritual truths and experience of meditation was at the age of 8. Her deep personal experiences led her to realise her purpose by the time she was 14. For over 37 years Aruna has been practising meditation and has become an accomplished spiritual author. She also has her own blog. Aruna is fortunate to have the blend of two cultures – the East and West! She was born in Kenya, educated in England, worked in Canada, and has lived in various other parts of the world and travels regularly to India. Aruna is an experienced and dedicated teacher of Raja Yoga meditation and has helped to establish centres in Canada, Turkey, Bahrain and Kuwait. She is currently based at the Global Retreat Centre near Oxford.
Cultivating a Consciousness of Cooperation | Helen Sawyers
In this world of rivalry and competition true cooperation is something rare. Whether it is at work, at home or in the community, cooperation is an essential ingredient which fosters unity and a sense of belonging. However, sometimes it seems that the more we try to cooperate the more resistance we meet. Find out how we can overcome barriers to cooperation both in ourselves and others and create the conditions in our lives for cooperation to naturally emerge. Speaker: Helen Sayers A school teacher by profession, Helen’s work has taken her to many different countries including England, Kenya, Swaziland and Canada. Her passion for integrating values into teaching and learning led her to become part of the Living Values Education movement and to become a trainer in the LVE experiential approach. Helen later founded and directed Oasis Life-Skills Training Company in Oman where she provided capacity building workshops at various educational and government organisations. Helen now spends her time between France and her native Jersey where she helps to care for her elderly parents.
Inspiring Leadership | Ken O'Donnell
Our world has been led in some pretty dark directions, not by leaders inspired from within, but by those under the influence and impulse of the ego. Let’s stop waiting for a lone wolf hero to save the day, and become our own leaders, by defining and then living according to a higher purpose, vision, mission and values and becoming the changes we wish to see in the world. Speaker: Ken O’Donnell Ken O’Donnell is a dynamic, stimulating speaker and a widely experienced consultant who has lived and worked extensively on five continents. Ken has a natural ability to question common assumptions in the business and personal development contexts in order to stimulate 'out of the box' thinking and greater creativity. Using an empathetic and supportive approach, he has coached individuals, teams, public figures, and executives to help them deal calmly and sensitively with the challenges of working in a complex world whilst managing the issues that sustainable development brings to all. Ken's wealth of experience within so many different cultures has given him the skill to help and motivate others thus enhancing leadership skills, building resilience and improving productivity and communication at all levels.
Avoiding Overwhelm | Margaret Baron
It’s a popular spiritual cliché, that we are human beings not human doings. But when the tasks and demands seem endless, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, and then confused about priorities. Often it’s our own needs that end up at the bottom of the to-do list. How can we stay on top and stay calm, even if the world won’t stop for us? Speaker: Margaret Barron Margaret has been studying Raj Yoga meditation with the Brahma Kumaris for 30 years which has supported change in all areas of her life. She has particular interest in how transformative thinking and personal practice work together to make spirituality practical for everyday living. She has a degree in Adult Education & Training and works as an Empowered Living Consultant.
The Importance of Going Round in Circles | Matthew Earl
Going around in circles sounds like a nightmare for anyone focused on getting somewhere. However sometimes, in our rush to get ‘somewhere’ we end up going in circles. Although annoying, it is also important, as it helps us to discover what we missed the first time around. For a linear mind the circle feels like an obstacle, but for a wise soul, the circle is the way forward. Speaker: Matthew Earl Matthew is a science graduate and former ‘spiritual sceptic’. An interest in self-development led him to explore meditation, and he began teaching to pass on insights and techniques that he used to quietly take all areas of his life to a completely different level. He takes simple & profound methods that work practically, and communicates them to great effect. Now based in London, Matthew teaches Raja Yoga meditation through courses, talks, and workshops.
Forget it - Freeing the Mind, Healing the heart | Brenda Westcott
When someone says: ‘Just forget it’, it’s easier said than done. Those old hurts buried inside can easily get triggered again and again and when the mind gets distressed, forgiveness and forgetting seem far away. In this evening’s talk our speaker will explore how we can finally learn to let go, soothe our hearts and move on. Speaker: Belinda Westcott Belinda is a member of the National Coordinating team of the Brahma Kumaris in South Africa and is currently based in Port Elizabeth. Belinda has overcome many challenges in her life and speaks from her own experience with great clarity and authenticity.
Raja Yoga For the Mind with Master Yogi Sister Jayanti Interviewed by Matthew Earl
Yoga means to yoke, to connect, to be at one with out higher selves or witht he highest Source. But how do we know when we are connected or disconnected? We feel it! Emotions come and go, as the scenes of life change, but the feelings of a yogi are of a different realm altogether. Come and find out how to feel the soul, through the beautiful inward journey of yoga. Sister Jayanti has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Raja Y oga for over 50 years. She is the Additional Administrative Head of The Brahma Kumaris and their NGO representative at the UN in Geneva. She works tirelessly to promote positive human, spiritual values to all sectors of society. Her wise and compassionate insights shine a light of clarity and relevance on the complex issues of today.
Entry Points Into Meditation | Gudrun Duwe
Meditation is always very personal; the practice is more an evolving relationship than a technique...and it's easy. Gudrun Duwe offers simple and practical approaches that inspire experimentation. Speaker: Gudrun Duwe Gudrun loves meditation. She has practised Raja Yoga meditation for over 30 years. Gudrun is part of the team at the Global Retreat Centre near Oxford, where she lives, works and teaches. Known as a down to earth practical person she enjoys grounding her spirituality with hands on garden work.
Maintaining Dignity During Difficult Times | Maureen Goodman
Everything can be taken from a man but for one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given situation, to choose one’s own way. Viktor Frankl We live in a complex, fast changing and increasingly materialistic world in which many people find themselves in very vulnerable situations – people for whom loss of dignity is both a fear and a reality. What is human dignity? How can dignity be kept alive when the going gets tough? What is the deep basis of dignity? Speaker: Maureen Goodman Maureen is the Programme Director for the Brahma Kumaris (UK) and oversees the University’s activities in such areas as education, youth, women’s issues, interfaith dialogue and the environment. She is the University’s representative at the United Nations in Vienna. Sister Maureen is a member of the Executive Circle of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, a platform for leaders to discover new ways to move forward, based on deep human values. She travels widely giving lectures on themes related to spiritual development.
Cool Head, Warm Heart | Ash Patel
When working separately, the mind can become cold and calculating, and the heart can be warm but naïve and disempowered. However, when these two apparent opposites come together in harmony, we can find the path to a truly balanced and fulfilling way of being. Speaker: Ash Patel Ash is a practitioner of Raja Yoga meditation and its teachings having realised the transfomative power of meditation and good wishes. With compassion and heartfulness, he continues to learn and apply its practical teachings across all aspects of his life, to bring about transformative
The SOS of Positive Thinking
A thought is like a seed from which a whole tree grows Launching a very practical, accessible and beautifully designed book inspired by the sharings of the late Dadi Janki, Spiritual Head of the Brahma Kumaris. The evening will take the form of a conversation between the author and compiler Juliette Polle and the co-editor, Amita Heeralall. Juliette Polle Juliette is a retired nurse of 25 years. She came across the Brahma Kumaris in 1998 and really loved the concepts taught in the Positive Thinking and Meditation sessions, which she later went on to teach. She is an enthusiastic and creative person with a big and generous heart in helping others to empower themselves. Juliette has 3 children and 6 grandchildren and is an active and engaging member of her community. Amita Heeralall Ami is a self-motivated individual whose aim is to bring a positive energy into every task. A brand and marketing expert by profession, she has been practising Raja Yoga meditation for over 20 years and plays a key role in the work of the Publications department in Global Co-operation House. Ami’s main focus is to help people to slow down and look inwards, so that they can discover their true innate beauty. Only I, the thinker, has the power to control my mind
A Sense of Belonging | Mara Gomez
Belonging finishes all kinds of longing According to Abraham Maslow’s famous hierarchy of human needs, a sense of belonging is essential to human happiness. However, in the name of acceptance, fitting in, and filling that need, we can often end up losing ourselves. How can we be true to ourselves, and belong in the broadest sense, not to a select tribe, but to the whole of humanity? Speaker: Mara Gomes Mara graduated in Languages and worked as a teacher in High Schools, Language Schools and private and state companies. She is also a translator. Mara has been practising and teaching Raja Yoga meditation for 37 years and is the National Coordinator for the activities of Brahma Kumaris – Academy for a Better World in Portugal. As an international speaker she has been sharing spiritual knowledge through courses, workshops, retreats and lectures in many different parts of the world.